New England Women's Healthcare
OBGYNs located in Woburn, MA & Wilmington, MA
Birth control comes in so many forms that it can be challenging to find the option that’s most effective and most convenient for your unique lifestyle. Fortunately, you’ve got the experts at New England Women’s Healthcare in Woburn and Wilmington, Massachusetts, on your side when choosing the ideal birth control option. From Nexplanon® implants to oral contraceptives to IUDs and beyond, there’s something that’s perfect for you. Book your appointment by phone or through the online scheduling tool now.
Birth Control Q & A
What is the birth control implant?
Nexplanon®, often simply called the birth control implant, is a safe and effective device that your New England Women’s Healthcare OB/GYN implants in your upper arm during a quick in-office procedure.
Nexplanon delivers a consistent low dose of a progestin hormone into your blood. This stops you from conceiving by preventing ovulation, thickening cervix mucus, and thinning uterine lining. Nexplanon can prevent pregnancy for up to three years, and it’s more than 99% effective.
What is an IUD?
An intrauterine device, commonly called an IUD, is a long-term birth control device that your New England Women’s Healthcare OB/GYN implants in your uterus during a short in-office procedure.
The copper IUD (ParaGard®), is hormone-free, and it prevents pregnancy for up to 10 years. ParaGard prevents sperm from reaching your eggs so fertilization can’t occur. You’ll still ovulate normally on ParaGard. It’s over 99% effective.
There are several options in hormone IUDs: Liletta®, Kyleena®, Mirena®, and Skyla®. All of these IUDs work in several ways, including:
- Releasing a low dose of progestin to thicken cervical mucus
- Reducing sperm movement
- Killing sperm
- Thinning the uterine lining
Hormone IUDs may potentially prevent ovulation. Liletta, Kyleena, and Mirena provide up to five years of pregnancy prevention. Skyla offers up to three years of pregnancy prevention. All of the hormone IUDs are more than 99% effective.
Both copper and hormone IUDs are very effective and reliable, and your New England Women’s Healthcare OB/GYN can help you choose the right one if you’d prefer to go that route.
What is oral contraception?
Birth control pills, also called oral contraception, are hormones you take each day to prevent pregnancy. The hormones in birth control pills typically work by preventing ovulation, thickening cervical mucus, and thinning uterine lining.
Birth control pills are more than 99% when taken as intended. But, reaching peak effectiveness requires a commitment from you. For optimal effectiveness, you need to take the pills each day in a very consistent routine. With average use, which means sometimes missing doses, birth control pills are about 91% effective.
Nexplanon, IUD, and oral contraception are all great options, but if none of these work for you, your OB/GYN at New England Women’s Healthcare provider can recommend other options as well. Use the online scheduler or call now for birth control help from the experts.
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